Fucked Up Exploring “Typical Pop Structures” on Follow Up to ‘David’

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“We’re trying to do a lot of things where we actually use the room as an instrument,” says Mike Haliechuk, guitarist for indie-punks Fucked Up. Coming from anyone else, that statement would seem like the ramblings of a lunatic. But when Haliechuk says it, in his calm, matter-of-fact demeanor, playing four walls and a ceiling instead of say, a guitar or drums, seems like a perfectly normal, sensible thing to do.

As to how someone actually does play a room, Haliechuk explains, “We did a lot of recordings by just recording the room by itself without playing anything, so it’s sort of a feedback loop of just the room.”

Fucked Up is about a quarter of the way through the recording of their new album at Steve Albini’s famous Electric Audio Studios and the music will be the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2011 album, David Comes to Life.

After the success of David, the band, who in the past had been notoriously combative with each other, went on a reduced schedule to get some space from each other. Haliechuk formed a power pop band called Smartboys with Fucked Up’s drummer, Jonah Falco. “Jonah and I filled each other in,” Haliechuk explains why he chose to work with someone in the band during its cooling off period. “Jonah’s parents are jazz teachers and he reads music and does some stuff that I can’t do. But, I have a more intuitive way of writing and fitting in a way that they wouldn’t be able to.”

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